GWEA Monthly Messages
The Holy Spirit is Our Mentor
REVEREND GORDON WILLIAMS, JULY 2017
Today, the church leadership has entered into perilous times, and we are seeing a new method of being “conformed to the world,” called “mentoring” (Rom. 12:3). This is where "leadership" people, who are presumed to be “experienced," advise and help the less experienced; whether intentionally or not, they assume control over the spiritual well-being and growth of the believer (Rom. 12:2).
From official roles such as pastors, elders, deacons, teachers, counselors, etc., spiritual leaders have extended their outreach to mentoring, which is the role of the Holy Spirit. Their "mentoring" is limited by their own ministry experiences and biblical knowledge, compared to that of the Holy Spirit who "knows all things and sees all things."
"The Spirit searches all things, even the deep things of God. For who knows a person’s thoughts except their own spirit within them? In the same way no one knows the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God. What we have received is not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, so that we may understand what God has freely given us" (1 Cor. 2:10-16).
Jesus Christ, the "Head of the Church" (Col. 1:18), promised He wouldn't "leave us as orphans," but would send the Holy Spirit, who would be our counselor and guide in all things. He is the only one equipped to mentor and/or convict us of our sins (Jn. 15:26 –16:15; Rev. 2:7, 3,11,17,30; 3:6,13, 22).
I have seen it many times where those who have received "mentoring," make all the same wrong decisions and actions based upon their mentor’s lack of experience, wisdom, knowledge and understanding. Jesus tells us to rely on the Holy Spirit to guide us in "all things." He is the only one who does not have any history of failure. "But when He, the Spirit of truth, comes, He will guide you into all the truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come" (John 16:13).
Beware of those spiritual leaders who've become idolized, put on a pedestal, and are no longer humble, but puffed up. "Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the faith God has distributed to each of you" (Rom. 12:3; Jn. 14:6; Ps. 118:8).
We need to exercise caution towards church-type “mentors,” who fail to recognize or cooperate with the Holy Spirit; who have never received, nor have they ever encouraged their churches to receive the "Baptism (or the Gifts) of the Holy Spirit" (Rom. 12:6–8;1 Cor. 12:4–11). Their ministries are void of any "signs, wonders and miracles" (Mk. 16:16–20). “Unless you people see signs and wonders, you will never believe” (Jn 4:48).
Often church mentors discourage the use of the "Spiritual Gifts" in their worship services for fear of negative reactions. Because of this, their "mentoring" and their subsequent ministries are powerless, and often lead to disappointment and failure. Until we fully receive and cooperate with the Holy Spirit, we will feel defeated, lacking the wisdom, knowledge and the power to live out the life that God had initially intended for each one of us (Jer. 29:11).
Sadly, most “unbiblical mentors” believe they're acting in accordance to how Jesus did when He had "trained his disciples; preparing them for the next generation." What they fail to understand is that Jesus was NOT training His disciples for the "next generation," but for their "existing generation." To attempt to prepare a generation for the future is wishful thinking, and a “fool’s paradise" (2 Cor. 6:2).
How did Jesus prepare His disciples? On the Day of Pentecost, "they all gathered together in one accord - receiving the Baptism of the Holy Spirit,” (Acts 2). They spoke in "other languages (tongues)" as the Spirit enabled them, and under His guidance, they preached the Gospel to their "present generation" with “signs, wonders and miracles" following (Mk. 16:15-20).
Today's implied Christian "generation" consists of all ages, nationalities, colors and creeds. But the bible warns that without Jesus as Saviour and Lord, and the "Baptism of the Holy Spirit", there can be no "next generation." The Holy Spirit, is our appointed Mentor, Councilor, and Guide, and the only one who "knows all things, sees all things, hears all things, and can tells us of what is to come" (Jn 16:13).
What our "generation" really needs is "witnesses" to share their testimonies (Rev. 12:11). This is how the Church’s future is being prepared. Christians need to be obedient; and they need the "infilling" or "Baptism of the Holy Spirit" to be guided by Him, and to hear his voice. "He who has an ear, hear what the Spirit says to the Churches” (Rev. 2:7–3:22) and "follow the example of believers in word, in conduct, in love, in spirit, in faith, and in purity" (Acts 1:8).
As Pastor and Evangelist, I hear and cooperate with the Holy Spirit, both personally and in my ministry. My role is not to "mentor" others, but to watch over and "shepherd the sheep" (Jn. 21:15, 16, 17). I accomplish this each time I preach the gospel, teach, pray, lead, and use the Gifts of the Holy Spirit. I am called to "equip the saints for ministry" by encouraging and ministering the "Baptism of the Holy Spirit" and the "Gifts of the Holy Spirit."
In our house churches/meetings, we see people of all ages (as young as two, and as old as ninety), all receive Salvation, the "Baptism of the Holy Spirit" (Acts 2:4), with the "signs, wonders, and miracles" following.(Mk. 16:17–18).
It is Jesus' guarantee that there will be a "next generation" of Christian believers (Rev. 12:11, Acts 1:8). He tells us to “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation. Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned. And these signs will accompany those who believe: In my name they will drive out demons; they will speak in new tongues; they will pick up snakes with their hands; and when they drink deadly poison, it will not hurt them at all; they will place their hands on sick people, and they will get well” (Mk. 16:15-18).
If you want to receive (Jesus' appointed mentor) the Holy Spirit, I invite you to come to one of our house meetings. If you or a family member need Salvation, Baptism of the Holy Spirit, healing, deliverance, etc., please, contact me. Not one need is to great for Jesus!
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Do you think God will heal me?
I am continually being asked, "Does Jesus heal people today?” My answer is "Absolutely, ‘Yes!” But for many church members and clergy, the answer is "no” because they are "religious people” who have never received Salvation and the Baptism of the Holy Spirit (Jn 3:3, 5, 7). They do not accept the New Testament with God’s promises of being able to "prosper and be in good health” (3 Jn. 1:2).
There is no question that God uses doctors to heal people today. People have not been told that Jesus heals today because there is no "healing ministry” in their churches.
First, in order to have a healing ministry, each believer have received Salvation and the Baptism of the Holy Spirit with the proof of the "signs following” (Mk. 16:17-18). Then a Christian is "equipped" and when they lay hands on the sick, they will be healed (Mk. 16:18).
Second, by means of the two "Gifts of the Holy Spirit" called, "Gifts of Healing” (1 Cor. 12:9) and the "Gift of Miracles” (1 Cor. 12:10). Third, church elders have a ministry of healing by anointing the sick people with oil (Jas. 5:14-15).
Fourth, Paul tells us that when we pray in the Spirit (with our tongues language), we become "edified" and receive healing from the inside out (1 Cor. 14:5 ).
Fifth, when two, three or more agree in Jesus’ name, our Father will give us what we need (Matt. 18:19). Six, when we pray alone, Jesus will heal people (Jas. 4:2-3)
Seven, often He will heal a person the first time that we pray, but even more, we must be persistent (Lk. 18:1). If not healed the first time, we must continue to believe in faith when we pray. The sick person will be healed a little each time until the healing is completed (Mk: 16:8).
Many times people ask me, "Do you think that God will heal me?” My answer is often, "I don’t know. But, if you ask Him, He will tell you.” Surprisingly, His answer is "Yes”. If He didn’t want to heal us, He wouldn’t have given us a healing ministry. If not, He will tell you why not.
In my experience, I have seen Jesus heal every kind of disease, from simple colds to severe health conditions such as cancer, HIV, Aids, MS. For instance, the first time I was confronted with AIDS was with a young man in our church in Kitchener, Ontario. After tests, his doctor discovered that he had an advanced case of AIDS and he was soon going to die.
I explained to him, "My Bible has no footnote that says, Jesus cannot heal AIDS”. As I reached out to lay hands on him, a voice from behind me said, "If you touch him, you will get it.” I said, "Mr devil, go away” (Jas. 4:7). Then we prayed for healing.
Three days later, I went to visit him again. He told me that after 2 tests his doctor explained, "We have made a terrible mistake. The first tests that we did showed that you had AIDS.
Today’s tests demonstrated that you do not have AIDS.” The young man said, "Doctor, your first tests were right. My pastor came and asked Jesus to heal me. And, He did.”
The doctor said, "That is the only acceptable explanation I can receive.”
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